Opportunity Culture in the News

Resources for Developing Breakthrough Schools

March 8, 2013 - Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) recently published a list of resources that will be helpful to those developing new school designs for improving student outcomes using blended learning models. The list includes links to Public Impact’s Opportunity Culture financial planning resources, which describe how schools can reach all students with excellent teachers and create new, paid career advancement opportunities for teachers, within budget. The list of … [Read more...]

Nashville Sites Extending Excellent Teachers’ Reach

March 7, 2013—Public Impact today announced the latest implementation site in its initiative to extend the reach of excellent teachers and build an Opportunity Culture for teachers and students: Metro Nashville Public Schools’ Innovation Zone. Three pilot schools in the “iZone” —Buena Vista Elementary, Robert Churchwell Museum Magnet Elementary and Bailey STEM Magnet Middle School—will use the Opportunity Culture school models designed to reach more students with excellent teachers, … [Read more...]

Public Impact Co-Director Addresses U.S. Governors

February 24, 2013—Public Impact Co-Director Bryan C. Hassel spoke to the nation’s governors at their 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, DC.  Appearing with AEI’s Rick Hess, Bryan gave the governors five concrete ideas for giving every student in their states excellent teachers: Get selective about who can teach your state’s children; eliminate policy barriers to excellent teachers reaching more students and leading their peers; start counting how many students have excellent teachers, … [Read more...]

New Opportunity Culture Charter School Network

February 6, 2013—Public Impact today announced its selection of four founding members of a national network of charter school organizations that will create an Opportunity Culture for teachers and extend the reach of excellent teachers to more students: Foundations College Prep (Chicago), Ingenuity Prep (Washington, D.C.), Touchstone Education (Newark), and Venture Academy (Minneapolis). This new national network is a critical part of Public Impact’s Opportunity Culture initiative and … [Read more...]

Teachers: This is the Moment to Expand Your Impact

October 26, 2012 - In this abridged version of the Commentary that appeared in Education Week, Celine Coggins of Teach Plus joins Public Impact's Bryan Hassel and Emily Ayscue Hassel to discuss why schools and policymakers must expand the impact of excellent teachers, now. With new information demonstrating the great variation in teacher effectiveness and the availability of better teacher-evaluation systems, schools have increasingly accurate data to identify which teachers are … [Read more...]

Kales Named CMS 2012-2013 Principal of the Year

October 25, 2012 – Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools recently announced that Tonya Kales of Ashley Park Pre-K-8 School was named the CMS 2012-2013 Principal of the Year. Earlier this month, she was also named the Project L.I.F.T. Principal of the Year. Project L.I.F.T. is a nonprofit organization working to eliminate educational disparities within the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district. In May, a set of schools working with Project L.I.F.T was selected as the first implementation site … [Read more...]

Huff Post: Public Impact ‘Extending The Reach’ Analysis

October 24, 2012 - Huffington Post featured Public Impact’s "Extending the Reach" videos on its Education page. Despite the fact that both presidential candidates have spoken a lot about the importance of excellent teachers, the article says, teachers in the U.S. earn less than 60 percent of the average pay for full-time college-educated workers. Huff Post Education noted that Public Impact’s financial analysis offers suggestions for how to pay teachers up to 130 percent more -- … [Read more...]

10 Strategies to Promote Deeper Learning

October 17, 2012 - In his Ed Week blog post, Tom Vander Ark presents 10 strategies “that offer state, district, network, and philanthropic leaders leverage in their efforts to encourage more deeper learning, ” including the Opportunity Culture initiative’s effort to extend the reach of great teachers to more students. See the complete list in the blog post.     … [Read more...]

Conversation on Improving Teachers and Teaching

October 10, 2012 - The Center for High Impact Philanthropy recently interviewed Bryan C. Hassel of Public Impact and Ellen Moir of The New Teacher Center about how technology can transform teaching. Read the interview here. … [Read more...]

Using Teacher Data to Attract, Reward, & Retain Top Teachers

September 28, 2012 - Thanks to increasingly meaningful teacher evaluations, we know far more than ever about the effectiveness of teachers in public school classrooms. What should states, districts, and schools do with that knowledge? In policy debates, much of the attention has focused on teachers at the “ineffective” end of the spectrum. However, state and district policymakers should instead focus on opportunities for the top 25 percent of teachers. This report, first published for … [Read more...]

The Original Personalization App—Great Teachers

September 17, 2012 - In this post for Education Next, Emily Ayscue Hassel and Bryan Hassel focus on the new District Race to the Top criteria requiring all applicants to meet an "Absolute Priority" for learning personalization that includes "expand[ing] student access to the most effective educators" and increasing all educators’ effectiveness. Districts that want to achieve this, they say, should focus on three things—recognizing the excellent teachers already in classrooms, … [Read more...]

Expanding the Impact of Excellent Teachers

August 16, 2012 - Public Impact's Bryan Hassel teams up with Celine Coggins of Teach Plus in this Commentary for Education Week. They argue that school reform efforts that do not expand the impact—and number—of excellent teachers are bound to fall short. Schools must extend the reach of excellent teachers to more students, couple teacher collaboration with teacher leadership, and empower top teachers to shape school culture. Meanwhile, policymakers must clear away the policies that … [Read more...]

How to Pay Teachers Dramatically More, Within Budget

July 30, 2012 - In this Education Next post, Bryan Hassel and Emily Ayscue Hassel explain the findings of Public Impact’s recent financial analyses aimed at determining how much more schools could pay teachers—within budget—just by putting excellent teachers in charge of more students’ learning. The analyses found that schools could free funds to pay excellent teachers in teaching roles up to 40 percent more and teacher-leaders up to about 130 percent more, within current budgets and … [Read more...]

Teacher Pay Could Increase Without Upping Class Sizes: Public Impact Analysis

July 24, 2012 - This Huffington Post article highlights Public Impact’s recently published financial analyses of three reach extension school models. The analyses demonstrate how, by redesigning teacher roles to allow excellent teachers to reach more students, schools can free funds to pay those teachers up to 40 percent more for teaching roles and up to 130 percent more for teacher-leader roles. In some variations, all teachers in a school can earn substantially more, within budget. … [Read more...]

Ed-Tech Innovators: Get Results Now by Leveraging Great Teachers

July 11, 2012 - In this guest column on Tom Vander Ark’s Vander Ark on Innovation blog, Emily Ayscue Hassel and Bryan Hassel emphasize seven priorities educational technology innovators should consider when designing digital learning tools. By consulting excellent teachers, innovators can create tools that help excellent teachers reach far more students and lead peers, accelerating innovation's transformative potential --and getting the learning results we need.     … [Read more...]

Teacher Evaluation Outside the One-Teacher-One-Classroom Mode

July 3, 2012 - As more schools use technology and new staffing models to reach more students with personalized learning and excellent teachers, how will evaluation systems keep up? In this blog post for Education Next, Bryan Hassel and Emily Ayscue Hassel examine what schools can do to select, develop, and evaluate teachers in new roles—such as those working in elementary specialist teams, blending technology and face-to-face instruction,  leading other teachers, or using any of these … [Read more...]

Financially Sustainable Career Paths for Teachers

June 4, 2012 - Bryan Hassel and Emily Ayscue Hassel describe Public Impact's new teacher career paths stemming from school models that use job redesign and technology to reach more students with excellent teaching, in this post for Education Next. These models enable excellent teachers to expand their positive impact on students, and many allow additional time for planning, collaboration, and development—so all teachers can improve. … [Read more...]

First Opportunity Culture Implementation Site Announced

May 10, 2012 - Public Impact, a national education organization, announces its selection of the first implementation site in its initiative to extend the reach of excellent teachers and build an Opportunity Culture for teachers and students: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ Project L.I.F.T.  Read the full news release here.     … [Read more...]

Redesigning Schools for Financially Sustainable Excellence: Infographic!

May 7, 2012 - In this Education Next post, Emily Ayscue Hassel and Bryan Hassel unveil Public Impact's new infographic. The infographic illustrates our Opportunity Culture Initiative, which uses job redesign and technology to extend the reach of excellent teachers to more students, for more pay—creating an “Opportunity Culture” for all U.S. teachers and students.     … [Read more...]

10 Financially Sustainable Models, Excellence for All

May 1, 2012 - Public Impact has published 10 new school models that use job redesign and technology to extend the reach of excellent teachers to more students, for more pay, within budget. The 10 models are part of a larger set of 20+ model summaries published by Public Impact in late 2011. In each of these models, teachers have career opportunities dependent upon their excellence, leadership, and student impact. Advancement allows more pay and greater reach. We call this an … [Read more...]

Ed Reform for the Digital Era: New Book & Event Webcast

Education Reform for Digital Era

April 27, 2012 - In Fordham’s new book Education Reform for the Digital Era, Bryan C. Hassel and Emily Ayscue Hassel’s opening chapter proposes that “digital education needs excellent teachers and that a first-rate teaching profession needs digital education.” In the digital future, teacher effectiveness will matter even more than it does today. While the roles of teachers and other adults will change dramatically, what will increasingly differentiate outcomes for schools, states, and … [Read more...]

How Can New Standards and Innovation Be Friends?

March 38, 2012 - In this collection of essays, Education Sector asked commentators to address a set of dilemmas facing the nation in the current reform moment. Bryan Hassel and Emily Ayscue Hassel tackled one: Will the Common Core and new teacher evaluation systems strangle innovation? These reforms, they argue, would have been perfectly timed for 1962, with 50 years ahead of seat time-based grade levels and a one-teacher-one-classroom staffing model. But what about now, when the … [Read more...]

Kickin’ It Old School and Inventing the Future

January 27, 2012 - In this Getting Smart blog post, Tom Vander Ark cites Public Impact’s Opportunity at the Top, highlighting that even though we can’t put a great teacher in every classroom in school systems as they exist now, we can leverage technology and talent in redesigned systems to extend the reach of our best teachers. … [Read more...]

100Kin10 Initiative

January 18, 2012 - Public Impact has been named a 100Kin10 partner, agreeing to help extend the reach of excellent STEM educators. The national 100Kin10 movement aims to recruit, prepare, and retain 100,000 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers in 10 years. Public Impact will use its reach extension models to assist the 100Kin10 partners in maximizing the impact of the excellent teachers recruited through this initiative. Carnegie Corporation of New … [Read more...]

How Digital Learning Will Benefit Low-Income Students

December 28, 2011 - As Tom Vander Ark suggests in this Huffington Post article, the top benefit of digital learning for low-income students will be to give every student access to great teachers in every subject. He cites Public Impact’s initiative and strategies for extending the reach of great teachers. … [Read more...]

Brief Models for Extending the Reach of Excellent Teachers

December 14, 2011 - Public Impact releases school designs that put top teachers in charge of every child’s learning. These models use job redesign, technology, or both to help excellent teachers reach more students. Learn more here. … [Read more...]

Public Impact Seeks Five Major Sites

December 14, 2011 - Public Impact is seeking sites to create prototypes and scale new school models that put excellent teachers in charge of far more students’ learning, within budget.  Read the announcement.  Learn what we’re looking for in sites. … [Read more...]

New Models for Extending the Reach of Excellent Teachers: Seeking Implementers

December 14, 2011 - This post at Education Next announces Public Impact’s release of school models for extending the reach of excellent teacher to more students, for more pay, within budget, and the search for five major sites to tailor and implement these and similar school models that put excellent teachers in charge of more children’s learning. … [Read more...]

Emily Ayscue Hassel Named an Aspen Teacher Leader Fellow

November 21, 2011 - Public Impact's co-director Emily Ayscue Hassel is named one of 21 teacher leaders in the inaugural class of the Aspen Teacher Leader Fellows program. This fellowship "is designed to cultivate and support a cohort of teacher leaders – including classroom teachers as well as union leaders and other advocates – who are working to strengthen and improve the profession of teaching and the educational outcomes of America’s K-12 students". Read the announcement here. … [Read more...]

Excellent Teachers & Digital Learning – Best Together

November 17, 2011 - Digital instruction paired with excellent teachers has enormous potential to fuel student learning. Though some observers pit technology against teachers, this report by co-directors Bryan C. Hassel and Emily Ayscue Hassel proposes that “digital education needs excellent teachers and that a first-rate teaching profession needs digital education.” In the digital future, teacher effectiveness will matter even more than it does today. While the roles of teachers and … [Read more...]

Reaching All Students with Excellent Teachers

November 12, 2011 - Seizing Opportunity at the Top: Policy Brief explains why every child needs excellent teachers year after year; how schools can put excellent teachers in charge of more children’s learning while offering new roles to other teachers in which they, too, can be excellent; and what changes policymakers must support to make this possible. … [Read more...]

Reformers: We Must Be Much Bolder to Reach Every Child with Excellent Teachers

October 14, 2011 - Here’s a simple idea: put excellent teachers, the top 20 to 25 percent who achieve well over today’s “year of learning progress,” in charge of every child’s learning—consistently. In this Education Next blog, Bryan and Emily Hassel propose "a bolder alternative that might actually induce our nation to achieve widespread learning excellence". … [Read more...]

Teacher Quality – What’s Next for the U.S.?

September 28, 2011 - Bryan Hassel spoke at the 2011 PIE Network Summit: Taking Stock on Teacher Quality Reforms: What's been accomplished in 2011? What's next? When asked about the biggest gains made over the past five years,  Hassel said there has been a huge increase in understanding the difference in effectiveness among teachers and the impact the best ones have on improving student achievement. By redesigning jobs and using technology, Hassel argued, “we could enable excellent … [Read more...]

How Digital Learning Can (and Must) Help Excellent Teachers Reach More Children

September 13, 2011 - Schools - and nations - that excel in the digital age will be those that use digital tools both to make teaching more manageable for the average teacher, and to give massively more students access to excellent teachers. In this blog post, Bryan and Emily Hassel explain how digital tools can extend the reach of excellent teachers.   … [Read more...]

Khan Academy: Not Overhyped, Just Missing a Key Ingredient—Excellent Live Teachers

June 13, 2011 - Rick Hess was right to question the simplistic hyping of Khan Academy’s online video lectures in his Straight Up post. But on the Education Next blog, Bryan Hassel and Emily Ayscue Hassel argue that he’s only got it half-right: it’s less a matter of OVER-hyping than MIS-hyping the true potential of what Khan is doing. … [Read more...]